1955 Ford Thunderbird Going on sale in 1955, the Thunderbird was Ford’s answer to the recently released Chevrolet Corvette as a formidable rival in the two seat sports car class. Designed as a grand touring coupe, the Thunderbird was intended to shuttle its occupants down the road in comfort, at speed and in style-and it beat the contemporary Corvette in each of those areas. This first year, 1955 Thunderbird is the embodiment of what made them great- from the color choice to the options selected- and is the perfect companion for top down summer cruising. For the first model year of the Thunderbird, the “P-Code” package was the only engine option available- a punchy 292ci V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor sitting atop it. This engine provided 193 horsepower which was almost identical to the newly introduced V8 in the Corvette and could be paired to an automatic or 3-speed manual transmission. This car was outfitted with the Ford-O-Matic 2-Speed automatic transmission which is known for smooth shifting and being quite reliable and power brakes to help stop the car more easily. The exterior of this Thunderbird is painted in the quintessential shade of Thunderbird Blue. A striking hue of turquoise, this is one of the signature Thunderbird colors and looks absolutely fantastic on the car. A unique option that this Thunderbird was fitted with is the Continental Kit in the rear- an extended bumper with a spare tire covered in a color matched casing on the back, this feature looks exceptionally cool and is known for being quite desirable to collectors. All of the wheels including the spare in the Continental Kit are fitted with Kelsey Hayes wire wheels and white wall tires which give the car an upscale, vintage look. Another Thunderbird signature that isn’t seen on most cars is the rear wheel skirts that make the car look lower and sleeker and when paired with the chrome headlight eyebrows, does wonders to complete the overall aesthetic of the car. All Thunderbirds of this generation were convertibles and the black top on this example looks fantastic- with tight fitting fabric and beautiful clear rear window. The car is also available with a removable hardtop which is color matched but has not been restored along with the rest of the car. As the Thunderbird was intended as a grand touring vehicle, the interior is really where it shines- and this example is no exception. The two-tone turquoise and white interior presents fantastically and, when combined with the turned aluminum trim along the dashboards and door panels, provides an exciting cockpit to be in. In front of the driver is a full suite of gauges featuring a 150-mph speedometer, tachometer and clock and the2-spoke turquoise steering wheel looks and feels great in the hands. At the time, the Thunderbird was available with numerous luxury features that could only be found on much higher end cars, and this example features a number of them. Power adjustable seats and power windows were not a common feature at this time- and compared to the contemporary Corvette with its side curtains- was an exceptionally nice place to be. The steering column is telescoping to aid in driver comfort and the AM Radio in the dash looks great but needs a bit of servicing before being used. Overall, the style available in this era of Thunderbird is unparalleled and makes for a fantastic conversation piece anywhere you go in it. Benefiting from an older restoration, this Thunderbird has been used and enjoyed and is ready for its next owner to slide behind the wheel, put the top down and enjoy the ultimate 1950s American sports car. Key Features 292ci V8 Engine Engine Dressup Kit Automatic Gearbox Ford-O-Matic Transmission Continental Kit Rear Wheel Covers Kelsey-Hayes Wire Wheels Wide White Radial Tires Dual Rear View Mirrors Power Seat Telescopic Steering Column Color Matched Hardtop Standard Features Pleated Vinyl Upholstery Variable-Intensity Illuminated Control Knobs Automatic Courtesy Light on Instrument Panel Rear View Mirror on Windshield Upper Molding Dual Horns Deep-Center Lifeguard Steering Wheel 2-Inch In-Out Adjustable Telescoping Steering Wheel Tachometer Electric Clock with Sweep Second Hand Cigarette Lighter and Ash Tray Glass-Fibre Top (with or without Port Windows; no charge) Lifeguard Door Latches Lifeguard Rear View Mirror Exterior Rear View Mirror (Driver’s Door) Cowl Side Vents Glass Wind Deflectors

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